Munich, 27. September 2016 – the abolition of the DIN slot has been making itself unpleasantly felt for a few years: previously, it was a few moves and the new used car was up to date in the field of infotainment. Although already at the time of the unit shaft almost every new car had a factory radio, so the manufacturers could not complain about lack of revenue from this area, this standard was abolished – in favor of proprietary solutions. Almost every manufacturer has now for each model its own forms and its own way to integrate the audio system into its BUS system. This makes retrofitting enormously more difficult.
But something is happening, at least for mass models like the current skoda octavia. For them there are aftermarket solutions of different price ranges. New on the market is a comparatively expensive from alpine called X901D-OC3, which is made specifically for the octavia 3. With a list price of 1499 euros, it competes with skoda’s most expensive factory system, but can do a bit more. Thus the display with nine is even one inch coarser than the factory model. Videos can be played – the system can be used for CD player. In addition, there is digital radio (DAB+), HDMI, USB and rear camera connections.
The navigation system uses maps from here. It’s a bit surprising that there is a "30-day map update guarantee". The cost of an update depends on the scope of the update. A one-time update DACH maps (germany austria, switzerland) costs 69.95 euros and as a 1-year subscription (up to 4 updates. A full map update for europe costs 89.95 euros and as a 1-year subscription 119.95 euros. A lot of money when you consider that the here app can be updated for free.